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  • Videos, 38 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Lesson Plans, 65 - 80 minutes
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North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Massachusetts

Youth Climate Story: Sea Level Rise in Massachusetts

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  • This short video highlights Eshe from Boston and shows evocative images of flooding, severe storms, and communities dealing with sea level rise in the Northeast. 
  • The "Is Ice, Ice Baby?" lesson plan is also included with this video.

Teaching Tips


  • This video provides visual evidence of flooding and severe storms and tells a personal story.
  • The included experiment is a fun way to get students involved with a hands-on activity.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the definition of climate change.
  • It may be useful to discuss that not all flooding or storms are due to climate change, but the severity and/or frequency are changing due to climate change.
  • Teachers must create a free account to access the lesson plan, but the video is available without signing in.


  • Consider having students discuss an environmental problem in their area and have them work in groups to research solutions.
  • Students could investigate the consequences of sea level rise and climate change on communities, such as migration, the loss of life, and damage to infrastructure and property. 
  • Science and technical design classes could investigate possible engineering solutions to some of these issues.
  • Students could write a reflection paragraph about how they would feel if their home or school was devastated by flooding.
Scientist Notes

This resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.12.9-12 Evaluate the consequences of human-made and natural catastrophes on global trade, politics, and human migration.
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